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Partials FAQ Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Partials versus implants for older adults? My mother is 81 years old, and she has lost most of her teeth in the back.

I don't think she has even one molar left. Should she spend the money for implants, or would it be more practical to get partials for the top and bottom?

My parents are on Social Security and there is no dental school or free clinic within 300 miles. What should I advise my Mom to do?

I'm willing to help with the cost of implants, but is it worth it at her age? Are full dentures even a option? Her front teeth are broken and weak also. ....Visitor from TX

Answer:
Nobody can diagnose your mother's condition without seeing her and her x-rays.

I would do implants, partials or dentures on a woman her age who is in moderately good health.

There are many ways to make her comfortable and able to function that are fairly easy for her to tolerate.

I would suggest meeting a dentist first to see if she will receive personalized care from somebody who is comfortable working with older people and willing to find creative solutions.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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